Profile of a Great Choir Member

January 10, 2008

This spring we will begin work on some Easter songs that were arranged by J. Daniel Smith. He recently shared his list of ten characteristics of a great choir member. As in baseball not all of us “bat a thousand” on every point, but nonetheless they remain great goals to set before us.

1) A great choir member loves the Lord and loves to sing. These are the two basic requirements to sing in the Severn Run Worship Choir. There is simply a joy about the choir member who possesses these two passions. They have fallen in love with the One Who has placed the song in their heart.

2) A great choir member is faithful. It’s no secret that we can’t build a worship ministry on people who aren’t there! Many people with the best of intentions just can’t make it to choir rehearsal, but J. Daniel reminds them that “people vote with their feet.” You make it clear where your commitment is by where your feet take you.

3) A great choir member is prompt. Ouch! The old adage is still true: “early is on time, and on time is late.”

4) A great choir member gets along well with others. The great choir member knows how to get beyond themselves and reach out to others.

5) A great choir member cooperates well with group efforts. Being part of a group requires often laying down your individualistic ideas and agendas…for the sake of the group at large.

6) A great choir member is committed to learning the music well. Excellence is valued. Great choir members want to get it right and want the musical presentation to be the best it possibly can be. They will go the extra mile.

7) A great choir member is committed to prayer. Devotional living is a priority and is evidenced by the fruit of their lives. (Can I get an AMEN!, Gwen.)

8) A great choir member is expressive and effective in communicating. No longer is it good enough to just stand there and sing. For the audience to fully grasp the impact of your presentation, you need great choir members who will pour their heart into effectively communicating the lyric with sincerity. No one is asking for hype or artificiality. Just think about the lyric you are singing and sing it like you mean it…because you do!

9) A great choir member is diligent in the rehearsal process. They are teachable and can focus. The hardest part of any choir director’s job in a rehearsal is not teaching or conducting the music. It’s getting and maintaining the focus of attention of the choir members. Sometimes that is easier than other times.

10) A great choir member is accountable. I know of no organization of quality that does not demand some appropriate measure of accountability. In this day of voice mail and email, it’s easy to let the leadership know if you need to be absent from a rehearsal or service. The ultimate point to this is: Never leave the leadership questioning your level of commitment. To me (J. Daniel), that is the full responsibility of the individual choir member. We all have situations and circumstances that take us away from time to time, but there’s really no excuse for not letting the leadership know why you are not at your post of duty. Don’t forget that the leader is counting on you.

I (Dean) feel confident in sharing this list with you because you are an awesome choir that is working on everyone of these characteristics. Let’s continue into 2008 singing with “One Voice for an Audience of One”!

Awesome Choir!

December 17, 2007

Words just don’t adequately describe what you guys mean to me and my family. You have so blessed us this year. Thank you so much for the gifts and your expression of love.

Sunday was such a blessing as you shared in song. Your harmonies were beautiful. And especially knowing that your hearts match the message and the harmonies of the songs you sang.

Enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends. We will return to rehearsals on January 9th. Easter comes early this year so we will get right into the Easter songs when we return.

Hey Choir You are Awesome!

October 29, 2007

What a great job of leading in worship on Sunday! I can’t tell you the number of people who have mentioned how blessed they have been in worship this fall when you lead. Thank you for your servant hearts! Continue to pray that others will be obedient to God’s call and come join us in singing His praises!

Just a reminder that we will be having choir this week. You should still have time to give out some candy and connect with your neighbors before we begin. There will also be a special time of worship in the atrium at 6:30 pm.

What an awesome day

September 30, 2007

Worship this morning was awesome! Thanks team for your flexibility and giving yourselves to lead in worship. You guys are such a pleasure to serve with. It was great to have the choir back in action today. It’s been too long. Thanks for your patience this summer and welcome back. Let’s pray this week!

Rehearsal on New Night this week!

September 15, 2007

In case you haven’t gotten the word our rehearsals for this week will be on Monday at 6:15 & 7:00 pm. I will be have test done all day on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins. I appreciate your flexibility each week. I am praying Colossians 1:9-14 for you.

Prayer Series begins

September 10, 2007

This Sunday we will begin a series on Prayer for the Mission. We will have a smaller band and some weeks smaller vocal teams. through this series we are going to focus on more intimate worship with an more lighter acoustical feel. This is NOT a permanent thing only for the series. If you have a question about being on the team for a specific week check the Planning Center or feel free to call me.

This week you will also notice the stage set up changed around for this series. Thanks for your flexibility.

Sunday was awesome! It was so great to be leading with you again. I am praying that God will allow me more opportunities to serve with you guys in the coming months during all my treatments. Thanks so much for all your encouragement.

Great Job!

August 20, 2007

Hey Team, just wanted you to know you were a blessing last Sunday. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and willingness to go beyond your comfort zone. Thanks for your leadership, Brent. I’m praying for you all.